“Mental health is a business-critical issue for the public relations industry” – Chartered Institute of Public Relations.PR mental health | world wellbeing week | wellbeing in PR

Would all you lovely PR people agree?

Mental health within the PR industry is discussed every year — and rightly so — but this year it seems to have taken on a whole new significance. In uncertain times, it’s important to keep you and your mental health as a priority — obviously — but how many of us can actually say we do?  

During its ‘State of the Professional report (2019)’ the CIPR revealed that 21 per cent of PR practitioners have suffered or continue to suffer with mental health conditions. Over half of these respondents said working in PR has significantly contributed to this diagnosis.  

The Public Relations and Communications Agency (PRCA) found far higher results in their own survey — 60 per cent of practitioners had been diagnosed with a mental health condition, which remains fairly unchanged YOY. 

Each reason or trigger can be different but both bodies found workload to be a significant factor for continuous and/or chronic MH issues. In a study conducted by Ginger Research, 27 per cent of PR professional were found to be working unpaid overtime on a daily basis — more than double the British average of 12 per cent. That’s why, at Stone Junction, we are incredibly passionate about ensuring our work per head remains one of the lowest in the industry.

However, right now, the industry has many other stressors that are causing additional impact to psychological well-being — COVID-19, WFH, potential cancellation of the premier league...

In light of these uncertain times and in recognition of #WorldWellbeingWeek, the CIPR has launched, a mental health support line for all of its members. The hotline provides instant access to accredited counsellors as well as support for those with ‘personal, legal and financial difficulties’.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and can be used for a quick chat or for long-term treatment.  Run by Health Assured — the UK and Ireland’s largest independent employee assistance programme provider — all the counsellors available are either trained or accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). So, you know you’re talking to someone who can help.

Although the helpline is a well-known resource, we thought we should share it with you, just in case this kind of support is something you really needed to take advantage of this week — or any week for that matter.  If you wish to access the helpline today, then click this link here

If you aren’t a member, or just a curious non-PR person on LinkedIn, then the CIPR’s ‘Mental health in times of crisis’ PDF is an excellent resource for managing mental health while in lockdown.

While we are on the subject, does anyone have any other tips or advice they’ve found useful during this time or perhaps before?

Stay safe everyone!  

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